Cotton Inc. Names First Chief Sustainability Officer
Dr. Jesse Daystar has been named Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Cotton Incorporated.
Sustainability is a major focus in businesses across all industries. From agriculture to retail, companies across the globe are working to reduce environmental impacts. With the addition of Daystar to its staff, Cotton Incorporated – the research and promotion company for U.S. cotton producers and importers – is extending its commitment to sustainability of cotton across the supply chain.
“Dr. Daystar brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this newly-created role, which will oversee and coordinate our internal and external sustainability efforts,” says Berrye Worsham, president and CEO of Cotton Incorporated. “As our company’s sustainability programs continue to gain momentum, Dr. Daystar will be a valuable resource for the company and the cotton industry.”
Before joining Cotton Incorporated, Daystar was Assistant Director at the Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce at Duke University, where he also taught. He earned a doctorate in forest biomaterials from North Carolina State University.
Daystar is well-versed in the complexities of sustainability research, particularly as it relates to cellulosic fibers, including cotton. His research has appeared in scholarly journals, and his consulting work has led to the development of sustainability and chemical engineering tools, and certifications for clients including USDA, the U.S. Department of Energy, Eastman Chemical and Piedmont biofuels.
His experience also includes sustainable chemical process development and efficiency management program development with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, MeadWestvaco, Pesco-Beam Environmental Solutions and Kemira Chemical.
Source – Cotton Incorporated